many aquaria on the deck of a boat with scientists

Operational facilities

Providing the facilities for scientists to safely access and study Australia's tropical marine environments

Diving operations

Diving operations are an important part of our research. Scuba diving is predominantly used for direct observation, deploying equipment and sampling in shallow waters (less than 20 m). It is supplemented by snorkel diving and surface-supplied diving.

AIMS conducts more than 3,000 scuba dives each year and we maintain safe procedures by implementing strict diving regulations.


The marine environment poses significant hurdles for sampling equipment. The AIMS engineering facility supports scientific researchers by building specialised instruments to collect information about the marine environment.

Working closely with researchers, the workshop facility uses electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and metal fabrication to design, prototype and construct specialised equipment such as underwater sensors, data loggers, sediment traps, weather towers, coral corers and many other devices.

On-site accommodation

AIMS provides on-site accommodation to visiting researchers, guests and staff running overnight experiments. Accommodation includes six self-contained houses (which sleep up to six) and six motel-style units (which sleep up to two).